Over the summer someone’s been at work recording the flora found on vacant sites in the Christchurch CBD. “The Botanical Preservation Project seeks to find a balance between loss and memory, and appreciation of the here and the now. It has been done in memory of what has been, but more importantly it is a celebration of this moment and the possibilities of the future.” Site number two for this project is at the corner of Tuam and Manchester Streets, on my route to work.
You might think these are just weeds, but a weed is only a flower that nobody wants, and these can be useful plants. The record on the Botanical Preservation Project’s website, and a sign on the wire fence give details about the plants flourishing inside . There are pictures to aid identification, and a list of their edible and medicinal uses. This is a really good project to educate us about the wild plants which are springing up all around the city.
“There’s nipplewort and curly dock
and many other weedy stock.”